Friday, July 15, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 15

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Port Authorities expecting record numbers of visitors during the summer holidays 

Autoridades portuarias de Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de julio.- It is estimated that 700,000 tourists may visit Isla Mujeres during the summer vacation period which begins Saturday and ends August 21st. The Director of the Port Authority, Jasmine Perez Gaytan, said they expect the daily average to exceed the 15,300 visitors per day who are transported, to and from the isle, on a non holiday weekend. 
     On Tuesday, 13,200 people embarked and disembarked on the isle. She said with this daily average, the number of visitors arriving and departing during the holiday is estimated to reach around 700,000, but  there is a considerable potential to have 1 million tourists visiting this destination during the summer holidays. (36 days times 15,300 is 550,800. To have 1 million visitors in 36 days would be an average of  nearly 28,000 daily. Last summer the record breaking days were around  18-22k, as I recall.)


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Operations for "Summer Security 2016" were installed in the municipalities of Lazaro Cardenas, Isla Mujeres, and Puerto Morelos.
Hoy quedaron instalados los operativos “Verano Seguro 2016” en los municipios de Lázaro Cárdenas, Isla Mujeres y Puerto Morelos.

For the purpose of protecting the physical integrity of residents and visitors of the municipality in this summer vacation season, on Thursday morning the operation was installed "Safe Summer Vacation 2016." This is also taking place in other municipalities of the state to provide safety and security for those locations where many people are concentrated; such as beaches, recreational areas, and nearby roads.
Con la finalidad de resguardar la integridad física de habitantes y turistas del municipio en esta temporada, la mañana de este jueves quedó instalado el Operativo Vacacional “Verano Seguro 2016”.
En concordancia con el resto de los municipios del estado se vigilarán los lugares de mayor concentración de personas, como playas, puntos de recreación y tramos carreteros.

Celebrating Arbor Day in Isla Mujeres 

    A National Arbor Day celebration was held on Thursday morning at the Mundaca Hacienda, which included students from various schools, residents, city officials, and other guests. The simple yet significant event commemorated the importance of protecting wooded areas. It included placing labels on trees located in the Mundaca Hacienda, containing both the scientific and common names of each species.
      The event was organized and coordinated by the Department of Ecology as part of the annual Arbor Day celebrations held in Mexico to recognize the importance of trees to life on this planet and to promote the need to plant trees and help with reforestation.
      The City invites residents to visit the municipal nursery to pick of free plants for planting in yards, gardens, patios, and personal spaces of each family and resident of the municipality.

July 14-16 Thursday, Friday Saturday  8p  Riviera Maya Film Festival   Posada Beach Free

 Friday is this documentary "Erosion", about damage to the environment with tourism development in Playa Carmen (& this area in general).
  Saturday is TBA.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The Director of the Hyperbaric Chamber of Isla Mujeres confirmed that since Wednesday until today, five fishermen have been treated for decompression and related damages during this current lobster season. Each was attended by the doctor who oversees operations of the chamber. It is noted that Isla Mujeres has always maintained a high number of cases of decompression, which occurs when the fishermen don't respect the diving tables. Last year, 71 fishermen were treated in the hyperbaric chamber, and some had serious consequences which did not heal. 
     The Director of the Chamber, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, provided this information and advises the fishermen not to dive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and when they suffer any effects of decompression, they should refrain from diving again for the recommended period.
El patronato de la Cámara Hiperbárica de Isla Mujeres, confirmó este miércoles que son hasta hoy, cinco los pescadores descompresionados atendidos en lo que va de la presente temporada de captura de langosta.…/ya-son-mas-de-cinco-los-…/Photos & full article at link

Actress-model Daylen Aravalo will visit Isla Mujeres this weekend, as part of a promotional campaign, invited by and coordinated with the City government and local business owners. The actress-model is originally from Cuba and will be taking photos for the promotion portfolio at various locations around the island.…/la-actriz-y-modelo-dayle…/Photos and full article at link


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Operations for "Summer Security 2016" begin
Arranca “Operación Salvavidas Verano 2016” [+] Ver masPhotos and full article at link
    In addition to the information translated above, his article discusses safety and preventative actions and operations launched by the Navy for the holiday period in the coastal areas of the peninsula, including first aid stations the main beaches. General advice is given such as avoiding swimming after drinking alcohol, not littering, avoiding dehydration, respecting lifeguards, and not hindering access, as well as wearing life jackets in boats when advised.
      A practice rescue was conducted in Isla Mujeres Bay with two boats participating and a mock patient was taken to the ambulance, with practice of the proper protocols. The naval phone number is available 24 hour, 365 days at  (01998)8770194, or you can go to the First Aid stations for assistance, as well as to the members of Civil Protection.

Five cases of decompression already 
Ya cinco accidentes por descompresión [+] Ver masPhotos and full article at link
  In addition to the information in the TVIM article above, Por Esto notes the five cases consisted of 3 cases of decompression illness, one nitrogen poisoning, and one person with vestibular barotrauma (inner ear damage). They will receive multiple treatments inside the chamber.
         It is noted by experts, "When humans dive using air (oxygen), their body tissues absorb a certain amount of nitrogen, which is dependent on the depth reached and the amount of time spent. The dissolved nitrogen must be eliminated gradually during the ascent, in some cases this means making decompression stops every three meters, so that the critical level of supersaturation at each depth is never exceeded."  When this is exceeded, there is a risk for decompression illness to occur. When fishermen are making a tremendous effort to catch lobster and other species to complete their fishing trip, sometimes they are careless enough to get sick, as some of them have confirmed.
    The most recent case was treated with successful results, and among those who have been treated were fishermen from the cooperatives of Isla Blanca, Macax, and Caribe, according to Rosember Dzul Ochoa, who is one of those responsible for the operation of the chamber. The first case was a fishermen from Puerto Juarez.

Nearly five thousands students begin vacation
Casi 5 mil alumnos de nivel básico salieron de vacaciones en el municipio de Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver masPhotos and full article at link
  The school year is ending on Friday afternoon for nearly 5000 grade school and middle school students in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, with the beginning of the holiday period of nearly two months. (The vacation period is from July 16 to August 21, which is 36 days.)
       Schools closing for vacation (including those on the mainland part of the municipality) include four preschool-kindergartens, four primary schools, two high schools, and various private schools. They conducted cultural activities and delivered diplomas for the graduating students who are progressing to the next level.
      Population growth on the mainland will required more spaces, but there is no immediate program for this. However, it is expected that in 2017, expansion may be necessary on the mainland for another primary schools, and potentially for the secondary and high schools.

News briefs in Isla Mujeres 
Breves de Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver masFull article at link
    The first news brief is about Arbor Day, and in addition to the information given above, it notes that the ~15 acres of greenery of the former Mundaca Hacienda are considered the lungs of the island. "Trees are regulators of the water cycle,  purifying the atmosphere and oxygenating the air, providing shade, improving eroded areas, moistening the environment, and  reducing noise. They are able to adjust the temperature the places where they grow,  because they cause a feeling of freshness and moisture. They produce food and are home to thousands of birds. "
   The second news brief says there will be a baseball game on Sunday at 1pm at the El Pescador field (in front of Chedraui), when the Guerreros Taxistas of Playa del Carmen (lit..Cabbie Warriors) will compete against the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros.  Last time these two teams competed, it was a dramatic game that went into extra innings, with a final result of 4-3, won by Isla Mujeres.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

July events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
July 19    7:21p
July 20    8:10
July 21    8:56
July 22    9:42 
July 23   10:44
July 24   11:10   

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.

The Maya Riviera Film Festival concluded in Playa de Carmen on June 30, and is supposed to be coming to Isla Mujeres this month. Last year it was two or three evenings on the Posada beach, shown on a big inflatable screen, shortly after sunset.  Schedule TBA. Link to Website.  Link to FB page.

July 4, Monday  Independence Day in the US

July 7 Thursday Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

July 10-23  Whale Shark Festival.    Schedule TBA.
  Some of the Sea Walls artists will be touching up the murals from two years ago and adding new ones. 

July 14-16 Thursday, Friday Saturday  8p  Riviera Maya Film Festival   Posada Beach Free
 Thursday is a fictional film about a women, her 8yo son, & boyfriend staying in a room together on holiday in Acapulco, "Semana Santa". That trailer & info is here:
 Friday is this documentary "Erosion", about damage to the environment with tourism development in Playa Carmen (& this area in general).
  Saturday is TBA.

July 15 Friday Classes End & Vacation begins

July 21 Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

Saturday July 30 Danzarte  III Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura

The Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program is excited to announce a new matching event to add sponsors and funding for our scholarship students for the 2016/2017 school year!!! I like to call it July Matchapalooza. :-) because, let’s be honest, everything is more fun when you add 'palooza' to it or when your donation gets doubled.
Our very generous anonymous donor has agreed to another round of matched funds for any new sponsors or donations. That’s right – your donations will be doubled!
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July
*Any one time donations
Need more information or have questions? Check out our website or Margaret Washa. We would LOVE to tell you about the wonderful students who are supported by our program because we are terribly proud of them. This is an ideal time to join the program and make the most out of your contribution or to make a one time contribution (we understand if you have commitment issues)
Our facebook page is Isla Mujeres Scholarship Group, please join us there for photos and personal stories from our group. And check out our wonderful new website (thanks, Jackie Conlon!)

Starting in July, the Artist's Fairs are being scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.

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